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It is no surprise to those of us in the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition workforce that contractors are well integrated into our daily routine. The integration of contractors into our DoD workforce has blended it dramatically, changing the landscape of how we provide and manage services. Over the many decades during which this workforce blending has occurred, we have needed to tread lightly in our relationship with contractors in our offices. In fact, Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy warned of possible difficulties that may occur in contractor integrated offices. One issue has remained unchanged: the risk of creating a de facto personal services contract due to this relationship.